Ondede, the Karnataka Transgender Samithi, the Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum, Payana, Samara, and Jeeva jointly organized a state level consultation on caste, class and gender. The guest speakers for the event were Honourable chairperson Shri Kantharaju of Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission, Ms. Yashodha – eminent dalit rights activist and founder of Dalita Mahila Vedike – and Ms. Gowri of Mahila Munnade. The event aimed to understand the difference between caste, class and gender, and to help understand the Supreme Court of India’s National Legal Service Authority v/s Union of India’s NALSA judgement – which recognizes the transgender community as an “other backward class” community – in light of these differences. More than a hundred transgender community members from across Karnataka participated in the consultation, and it was unanimously agreed that the transgender community must indeed be recognized as a “class” minority and not as a “caste and religious” minority. The program was supported by the donations raised by the Hijra community at the Karnataka Administrative Service Auditorium, Bangalore. This consultation helped in affirming the recognition of the transgender community as a class minority. The meeting was followed by the submission of a report on the consultation to the governor, the chief minister and the minister for social welfare, demanding that the state government should follow the example of NALSA, and also recognize and treat the transgender community as a class minority.At the state level consultation on caste, class and gender

 

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